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My name is Karen Harding. I am a qualified Hypnotherapist working in London and Essex, and a member of The General Hypnotherapy Register, the registering agency for The General Hypnotherapy Standards Council .

After receiving hypnotherapy many years ago for my own 'irrational fear' that I could not 'will out of existence', I became fascinated by the mind's ability to affect our behaviour, both negatively and positively. After deciding to follow my own desires, I was lucky to find and be trained by my Hypno-Mentor, Denise Collins of The Hypno-UK training school (a fabulously knowledgeable tutor, and a truly compassionate and inspiring woman).

Previously, I have worked mainly as an Executive Assistant in the corporate worlds of new media (the internet), media (public relations, TV advertising, radio), and charitable institutions (zoology and animal conservation). In the 'Jurassic days' of computing, I ran a small sales team and taught bemused business people wordprocessing and basic computer skills (if you can remember PIP, CPM and 'genuinely floppy' disks, then we are on the same wavelength!). This journey through the vagaries of the corporate world provided me with excellent and ample opportunities to work with a variety of teams, both small and large; hone my team-building and management capabilities, and learn the invaluable skills of rapport, understanding and problem solving (both business and emotional) that comes with supporting a team for a top executive. During my corporate days, my passion and compassion to help others achieve their potential, to grow in ways they desired and overcome problems and doubts, was always commented on as my greatest asset. On this note, I would like to thank my other lifelong Mentor, Martina King, (a TOP 'top flight' executive, and my long-suffering boss for many years!) without whose belief in me, encouragement to discover my strengths, constant and continuing support to push my boundaries, and most importantly friendship and love, I would not be where I am today. Thank you Martina! As I appear to be doing an oscar nominated speech, I would also like to thank my partner, Keith, for his love and support over many, many years (bless him). Finally (but certainly not least!), my amazing sister, Dee-Dee, who knows the 'all' of me, is my soul-mate, and has kept me deeply absorbed and in the happiest of hypnotic states throughout our childhood and beyond. Thanks Sis!

So, what does this mean to you? I bring the practicality of years of team building and natural rapport skills, dealing with problems and finding solutions in the 'hard-nosed' world that is commercial enterprise. I have always been committed to helping those who want to improve their lives in some way; and along with my personal skills and experience, I am trained in a wide variety of therapeutic techniques which provide my clients the opportunity to experience different therapies. I have an eclectic approach, taking elements from various schools of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy; the utilisation of which enables me to devise a therapeutic programme best suited to helping you attain positive change. My aim is to help you achieve a balance in life - looking after not only your own needs and desires, but those of the 'important others' in your life - empowering you to take control and responsibility for your own choices. A good therapist is outside and apart from the rest of your life - but integral to improving it. My goal is to get you from where you are, to where you want to be. We are always in the process of change - nothing and no-one stands still forever. I can help you access the potential that lies within, for I truly believe you possess all the resources you need to achieve what you want or need to in life.

Together - safe and supported - we can unlock the Doors of Perception and let in your light.

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